Belt Line Road (Texas)

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Belt Line Road is a loop road that traverses 92 miles (148 km) through 16 cities in Dallas County, Texas. Belt Line Road is the outer complete loop which encircles Dallas, in contrast with I-635 which forms a partial inner loop, Loop 12 which forms a complete inner loop, and President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190), a partial outer loop. Belt Line Road is not designated as a Texas State Loop, but as a local street in each jurisdiction through which it passes. One stretch of the road is designated as FM 1382 and is maintained by the state. No portion of Belt Line Road is a controlled access freeway.

Location[edit]

Starting with its origin North Dallas and proceeding in a clockwise direction, Belt Line traverses the following municipalities in Dallas County:

Municipality length
North Dallas 3.21 miles (5.17 km)
Richardson 5.10 miles (8.21 km)
Garland 11.07 miles (17.82 km)
Mesquite 4.78 miles (7.69 km)
Sunnyvale 1.45 miles (2.33 km)
Balch Springs 2.67 miles (4.30 km)
Southeast Dallas 5.24 miles (8.43 km)
Unincorporated Dallas County 5.66 miles (9.11 km)
Wilmer 2.22 miles (3.57 km)
Unincorporated Dallas County 0.57 miles (0.92 km)
Lancaster 6.48 miles (10.43 km)
DeSoto 5.05 miles (8.13 km)
Cedar Hill 4.92 miles (7.92 km)
Southwest Dallas 3.53 miles (5.68 km)
Grand Prairie 7.66 miles (12.33 km)
Irving 11.25 miles (18.11 km)
Coppell 1.62 miles (2.61 km)
Northwest Dallas 1.25 miles (2.01 km)
Carrollton 5.01 miles (8.06 km)
Addison 1.98 miles (3.19 km)

Route description[edit]

Belt Line Road is not a straightforward and continuous loop. As one follows the entire course of Belt Line Road, there are several discontinuities and name variations present that may result in getting lost. Starting with North Dallas and proceeding clockwise the following deviations and turns are noted:

  1. In Richardson, a portion of Belt Line Road is named Main Street from Central Expressway (US 75) to Bowser Road. After Bowser Road, Main Street becomes Belt Line again.
  2. In Garland, Belt Line Road becomes First Street from Buckingham Road until the junction of First Street and Broadway Blvd, where the course of Belt Line follows Broadway Blvd. After crossing I-30 in south Garland, where Broadway becomes Belt Line again.
  3. In central Mesquite, shortly after crossing US 80, a short segment of Belt Line is called "Bryan-Belt Line Road"
  4. In south Mesquite, Belt Line Road makes a left turn at a T intersection with Lake June Rd, where Belt Line proceeds southeast towards Balch Springs. Likewise, when proceeding to this T intersection from Balch Springs, to follow the course of Belt Line Road one must make a right turn.
  5. From I-35E in DeSoto, Belt Line Road is also called FM 1382. However, in Cedar Hill, the name "Belt Line" is temporarily lost as FM 1382 starts to head northwest (the name instead follows the original routing of Belt Line Road, some of which was submerged with the creation of Joe Pool Lake). After passing west of Joe Wilson Road, follow the course of FM 1382.
  6. At I-20 in Grand Prairie, the name "Belt Line" re-appears with FM 1382. FM 1382 is continued as part of Belt Line Road until it reaches SH 180-Main Street.
  7. At Jefferson St/SH 180-Main St in central Grand Prairie, until 2009 southbound Belt Line Road followed 8th Street while northbound Belt Line Road followed 9th Street through the middle of Grand Prairie. (9th Street was not originally part of Belt Line; it was added when 8th Street was made one way to alleviate congestion.) A new overpass was opened at this intersection to bypass the wait at the Union Pacific crossing and is a two-way street; however, 8th Street and 9th Street remain a paired coupling to serve local businesses.
  8. At Coppell, to follow Belt Line one must make a right turn at a 4-way intersection with Southwestern Boulevard and Denton Tap Road. Likewise, when proceeding to this intersection from the opposite direction, to follow the course of Belt Line Road one must make a left turn.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Dallas County.

LocationmikmDestinationsNotes
DallasBalch Springs line0.00.0 I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway)I-20 exit 482
Balch Springs2.94.7Pioneer Road, Eastgate DriveTraffic circle
3.96.3Lake June RoadCCW traffic must turn right and CW traffic must turn right
Mesquite5.89.3 SH 352 east (Davis Street)
5.99.5 SH 352 west (Main Street)
6.510.5 US 80
9.214.8Northwest DriveBroadway Boulevard designation begins just north of here
Garland10.016.1 I-30 (US 67)I-30 exit 59
14.022.51st StreetCCW traffic must turn right and CW traffic must turn left
15.524.9 SH 66 east (Avenue D) / SH 78 south (Avenue D) – RowlettSouth end of SH 78 overlap
15.725.3 SH 78 north (Lavon Drive) – WylieNorth end of SH 78 overlap
17.227.7Crist Road1st Street designation ends
Richardson22.536.2ATSF Railway underpassMain Street designation begins
23.738.1 US 75 (Central Expressway)Main Street designation ends; US 75 exit 24
Dallas27.844.7 SH 289 (Preston Road)
DallasAddison line28.946.5 Dallas North Tollway
Carrollton34.054.7 I-35E (Stemmons Freeway/US 77)I-35E exit 443B
34.956.2 Pres. George Bush Tpk. / Luna Road
Coppell39.162.9Denton Tap Road, Southwestern BoulevardCCW traffic must turn left and CW traffic must turn right
CoppellIrving line40.765.5 I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway)I-635 exit 33
Irving42.067.6 SH 114 (John W. Carpenter Freeway)
43.970.7 Pres. George Bush Tpk. north / SH 161 south
46.775.2 SH 183 (Airport Freeway) / SH 356 east (Irving Boulevard)Interchange
Grand Prairie52.284.0 I-30 (Tom Landry Freeway)I-30 exit 34
53.185.5 SH 180 (Main Street)North end of FM 1382
55.689.5 Spur 303 (Pioneer Parkway) to Mountain Creek Lake Bridge
58.494.0 I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway)I-20 exit 457
Gap in route
Cedar Hill62.3100.3 US 67 (J. Elmer Weaver Freeway)
62.9101.2 FM 1382 north – Grand PrairieCCW end of FM 1382 overlap
DeSotoLancaster line69.5111.8 I-35E (R.L. Thornton Freeway/US 77)South end of FM 1382; I-35E exit 414
Lancaster73.6118.4 SH 342 (Dallas Avenue)
Wilmer78.2125.9 I-45I-45 exit 270
Dallas86.7139.5 US 175 (C.F. Hawn Freeway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Farm to Market Road 1382[edit]

Farm to Market Road 1382
LocationDeSotoGrand Prairie
Length18.969 mi[1] (30.528 km)
Existed1949[1]–present

FM 1382 is a state highway in Texas that runs from I-35E in DeSoto to SH 180 in Grand Prairie. Most of the highway is part of Belt Line Road, becoming its own route through Cedar Hill around Joe Pool Lake. FM 1382 was designated in 1949 from US 80 (now SH 180) southward 4.8 miles to a road intersection. In 1954, FM 1382 extended southeast 6 miles to a county road near Cedar Hill. In 1958, FM 1382 extended 1.7 miles to Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill. In 1972, FM 1382 extended east to IH 35E, replacing FM 1381[2] which started in DeSoto 2.2 miles west of IH-35E. In 1995, FM 1382 became an Urban Road.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 1382". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 1381". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Urban Road No. 1382". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 21, 2017.